Michael Johnson is finally putting it all together. After years of being talked about as one of the best fighters in the gym, Johnson is starting to string together great performances. Tonight he knocked out UFC veteran Gleison Tibau at UFC 168.
Here's how the action was described in the Bloody Elbow live blog:
R1: Johnson uses lateral movement and his straight left to keep Tibau at bay. Tibau pings a nice straight left of his own through and it lands clean. Johnson looses a pair of zingers over the top and Tibau ducks under the volley to force a clinch, driving Johnson on the cage. Johnson circles out with an underhook and breaks the tie-up.
Johnson seems to be landing a bit harder and more often with deeply penetrating and fast straights. Johnson dings Tibau's chin with a left cross and it seems to stun the Brazilian momentarily. Johnson stays on the trigger with a pumping right jab and follow-up overhand left. Johnson easily side-steps a takedown and lands a retreating counter left hook. Tibau snatches up a single leg but pushes Johnson on the cage in the over-under clinch when he can't get it. 10-9 Johnson for the more effective striking.
R2: Outside low kick from Tibau. Short jab by Johnson. Tibau narrowly misses on three consecutive lefts. Johnson sits down on a beautiful one-two just as Tibau is pressing in and the left cross sits him down. Johnson flurries with ground strikes to seal the deal.